Dr Manuel D. Gahete
Dr Manuel D. Gahete (1982) Associate Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Cordoba (UCO) and Principal Investigator (PI) of the “OncObesity and Metabolism” research group at the Maimonides Biomedical Research Institute of Cordoba (IMIBIC).
I graduated in Biology in 2005, obtained my PhD in Sciences (UCO, 2010) and developed my post-doctoral training at the University of Illinois at Chicago (US). I have published 120 peer-reviewed articles in the fields of NeuroEndocrinology, Metabolism and Translational Oncology focused on the pathophysiological role of different neuroendocrine systems in endocrine/metabolic disorders and tumor pathologies (>30% as first or corresponding author). I have obtained 9 competitive projects as principal investigator, have filed 9 patents, published 31 book chapters, participated in international conferences as invited speaker, and served as Editorial Board member of different journals. I have directed 4 Doctoral Theses and more than 30 under- and post- graduate studies and have received national and international awards [Young Investigator Award (2013, ESE), Young Endocrinologist Award (Spanish Society of Endocrinology, 2019) or Early Investigator Award (EndoSociety, 2021)]. I am member of the Global Engagement Advisory Board (EndoSociety) and of the ESE Science Committee, and I have been (2018-2022) coordinator of the ENEA Young Researchers Committee (EYRC).
I decided to apply for the ENEA ExCo in order to continue and expand my implication and involvement in ENEA. After 4 years coordinating the EYRC and promoting the neuroendocrinology among young clinician and researchers, I would like to be part of the ExCo to help ENEA to keep growing, to develop novel activities, to engage clinical, translational and basic endocrinologists with the society and to establish strongest relationships with other national and international societies.
Federico Gatto MD PhD
I am Associate Medical Director at the Endocrinology Unit of the Ospedale Policlinico San Martino in Genoa, Italy (chair prof. Diego Ferone). This University Hospital is a reference center for pituitary diseases, being part of the European Reference Network on Rare Endocrine Conditions. In this setting, I’m currently Responsible of the pituitary disease outpatient clinic and Medical Supervisor of the neuroendocrinology laboratory.
After obtaining the Specialization in Endocrinology at the University of Genoa, I got my PhD in Neuroendocrinology at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), under the supervision of prof. Leo J Hofland and Steven WJ Lamberts. There, I established long lasting collaborations with leading groups in the field of neuroendocrinology in different European Countries.
My research work is primarily focused on investigating the biological and clinical predictors of patient response to medical therapies in pituitary tumors. The results of these studies have been published in high-quality peer-reviewed journals. More recently, serving as Medical Advisor for the patient association WAPO (World Alliance of Pituitary Organizations), I’m involved in projects evaluating the impact of telehealth in patients with pituitary diseases.
I’m an ENEA member since long time, actively participating in ENEA meetings and workshops. I have been member of the ENEA Young Researchers Committee (EYRC) from 2012 to 2020, being part of the ENEA 2020 POC.
If I will have the opportunity to serve as a member of the ENEA Executive Committee, I will offer my full commitment to: facilitate the integration between basic, translational and clinical research in the neuroendocrinology field; support the EYRC in promoting an active participation of young researchers; promote the collaboration between all the players involved in the care of neuroendocrine diseases, planning surveys on hot topics in neuroendocrinology, and favoring the creation of guidelines/statements to improve patient care.
Candidacy for the elections of the new members of the Executive Committee of the European Neuroendocrine Association.
I submit my application as a candidate to become a member of the ENEA Executive Committee (ExCo). I hold both Brazilian and Italian citizenships, and I am an ENEA member since 1998, with active participation in the meetings and publications in European scientific journals in the field of neuroendocrinology.
I graduated as a physician at the University of Brasília (UnB) in 1990. My both residency programs in Internal Medicine (1990-1991) and in Endocrinology and Metabolism (1992-1994), were taken in São Paulo. I was certified as a Specialist by the Brazilian Society of Endocrinology and Metabology in 1996. I hold a Master of Sciences and “Diplome d’Etudes Approffondies en Endocrinologie” from the Université Claude Bernard Lyon I- France (1996) and a Doctorate in Health Sciences from the University of Brasilia (2000).
I am currently a Full Professor and Head of the Endocrinology Service of the UnB. I teach undergraduate classes coordinating the disciplines of Endocrine Physiology and Internal Medicine in the Medical Course of the Faculty of Medicine. I am responsible for the Research Center in Endocrinology of UnB since 2008, and I am a research fellow of the Brazilian Council of Scientific Research – CNPq. I act as advisor of the Post-Graduation Programs in Health Sciences, mentoring research programs to undergraduate, master, and doctorate students.
My main fields of research include Acromegaly, Familial Pituitary Adenomas, Hypopituitarism, Molecular Biology of Endocrine Tumors. I have authored about 80 published papers, many of them in collaboration with prestigious European academic institutions. It has always been an honor to be a member of ENEA. This way, I feel that as a member of ENEA ExCo, I can contribute to this prestigious Association to disseminate the important work done in basic and clinical projects and reinforce my ties to the European Endocrinology.
Dr. Gianluca Tamagno
I graduated at University of Genoa (Italy) and did my specialist training at University Hospital of Padua (Italy) and INSERM – Paris (France) before moving to University Hospital of Liège (Belgium) as Fellow in Endocrinology. I was appointed Lecturer in Endocrinology at St Vincent’s University Hospital – University College Dublin (Ireland) in 2007. Later, I moved to University Hospital of Marburg (Germany) as Consultant in Endocrinology. I subsequently came back to Dublin in 2013 as Consultant in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. I have led a medical service at St Columcille’s Hospital, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Wexford General Hospital, and currently at the Hermitage Medical Clinic.
I am keeping regular cooperation and ongoing duties with the local academic institutions. I am an internist with a well-established expertise in neuroendocrinology. My main clinical and research interests include gastroenteropancreatic / pulmonary neuroendocrine tumors and hypothalamic / pituitary disorders. I am author of numerous publications in international journals, mostly in the field of neuroendocrinology. I have been speaker / chairman at many scientific conferences. I am member of the editorial board of international journals and I am editor (on behalf of the European Neuroendocrine Association Young Researcher Committee – EYRC) of the book Pituitary Adenomas, just published earlier this year.
I am a longstanding member of ENEA. I have been a member of EYRC since its setting in 2012 and I served as EYRC Coordinator from 2014 to 2018. I now hope to have the possibility to serve ENEA within the ExCo following on my recent experience as EYRC Coordinator. My vision is to keep promoting clinical and research excellence and education in the field of neuroendocrinology, with a particular attention to junior physicians/researchers, and to help and develop a well-defined professional figure of “neuroendocrinologist”, ideally including a deep expertise in both gastroenteropancreatic / pulmonary neuroendocrine tumors and hypothalamic / pituitary disorders. Moreover, I would like to reinforce and possibly expand the international essence of ENEA, also on the ground of my personal and professional experience that has developed through five different European countries.
Professor Josanne Vassallo nee Spiteri-Grech MD PhD is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians London and a Specialist in Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology (CSST). She is Professor of Medicine at Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Malta and Consultant Endocrinologist at Mater Dei Hospital, Malta. In 1998 she established the Neuroendocrine Clinic at the hospital which today provides care to over 750 patient annually. Since June 2008 she is Principal Investigator at Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology Lab, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Biobanking, University of Malta.
She currently heads the Medical Education Unit, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Malta and is a member of the UEMS – Endocrinology section and the Question Writing Group for the UK MRCP/UEMS Subspecialty Exam in Endocrinology, UEMS subsection representative on the UEMS MJC on Rare Undiagnosed Diseases and Executive Committee Member of the Association of Medical Schools in Europe. Professor Vassallo completed her postgraduate training at University College London, UK, Institute of Reproductive Medicine, University of Muenster, Germany and was a postdoctoral research fellow in Endocrinology at the Center for Biomedical Research, Rockefeller University and Cornell University Medical College, New York, USA. In 1994 she became a Clinical Associate and Faculty at the Reproductive Endocrine Unit, Division of Endocrinology, Massachussetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, returning to Malta with her family in 1995. She has served on national and international committees/boards and is reviewer for a number of scientific journals. She is a member of ENEA, European Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society.
She served from 2013-2017 as President of the Mediterranean Group for the Study of Diabetes and spearheaded a number of research projects on Diabetes in the Mediterranean . She has been the recipient of a number of grants the Max Planck Forschungs Gemeinshaft, the Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinshaft, the Mellon Foundation, the Royal Society of Medicine, the University of Malta, the Mediterranean Group for the Study of Diabetes and the Emanuele Cancer Research Foundation. Her main areas of research interest are genetics and pathogenesis of pituitary tumours and genetics of atypical non-autoimmune Diabetes Mellitus.
If elected to ENEA ExCo, I look forward to contributing to the ongoing initiatives and developing novel ones to improve care in patients with neuroendocrine tumours.
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The candidate for president elect
Davide Carvalho is Head of the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Centro Hospitalar S. João. At the University of Porto, he is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine.
His research interests focus on diabetic neuropathy and neuroendocrine modulation of pituitary tumours.
Davide Carvalho has served the ENEA as member of the Executive Committee and Scientific Committee of previous ENEA workshops and congress. He is member of the Portuguese National Academy of Medicine. Davide Carvalho is an author on more than 600 papers, 250 indexed publications with impact factor (h index 25) and serves as a reviewer for several international, peer-reviewed journals, and member of the Editorial Board of several journals namely the “Neuroendocrinology” and Associate Editor of Diabetology and Metabolic Syndrome and of “Endocrinologia Clinica, Vilar , 7 th Edition, 2021, Guanabara Koogan.
For an active and dynamic European NeuroEndocrine Association (ENEA) with a future
Since the 1980s, ENEA has been the leading association in Europe for the study of neuroendocrinology, both in terms of basic and clinical aspects. To increase the impact of the role of ENEA in the field of Endocrinology, I propose to adopt an action programme comprising the following five points:
1 – Building on the commitment of our previous Presidents, I will seek to appoint an active and dynamic Executive Committee to lead the activities of ENEA who are skilled in building trusted and collegial working relationships, in promoting the development of neuroendocrinology, in fundraising for research, and in implementing change management initiatives;
2 – Increase the number of ENEA’s members, as it is only through attaining a larger number of motivated members that we can strengthen the association;
3 – Actively support the ENEA Young Researchers Committee (EYRC), as a way to attract young career scientists and physicians, as well as support ENEA’s ongoing studies, increase the number of research areas, and propose and elaborate new guidelines for neuroendocrinology.
4 – Increase the level of connection with the pituitary groups of the European National Endocrine Societies, the Pituitary Society (USA), and the Endo-ERN network for pituitary disorders, with the aim to disseminate ENEA’s brand and increase its visibility;
5 – Increase the value of sponsorship by ENEA’s associated Pharmaceutic Companies (corporate members), irrespective of their collaboration in terms of workshops and congresses.